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Further Reading

Lord of the Flies  
  William Golding
A disturbing tale for mature readers about a group of schoolboys who find themselves stranded on a deserted island. They try to set up their own laws, with disastrous results.

The Catcher in the Rye  
  J D Salinger
Two crazy days in the life of Holden Caulfield, a seventeen-year-old misfit, who has just been expelled from an expensive private school. Contains adult themes.

To Sir, with Love  
  E R Braithwaite
London, 1950s: Young, handsome and intelligent, E R Braithwaite is the ideal teacher, but for many of his students the colour of his skin is a barrier that will take time and patience to break down.

The Code Book  
  Simon Singh
Making codes and code-breaking is as old as civilisation itself. The secrets and history of this mysterious art are revealed in this fascinating book.

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde  
  Robert Louis Stevenson
Dr Jekyll has created a potion so powerful that it can change him into Mr Hyde, a frightful and savage brute who is capable of realising his wickedest desires.

The Great Gatsby  
  F Scott Fitzgerald
Charismatic, wealthy and party-loving, the ‘great’ Jay Gatsby is a mystery to all. This fast-paced story brings 1920s America vibrantly to life.

Nineteen Eighty-Four  
  George Orwell
In this dystopian nightmare the past is rewritten to suit the devilish wants of the Party and its omnipotent leader, Big Brother. Contains adult themes.

The Importance of Being Earnest  
  Oscar Wilde
Oscar Wilde’s classic play centres around two English gentlemen who get themselves into a comical tangle when they start to tell some very tall tales.

Into Thin Air  
  Jon Krakauer
The shocking first-hand account of an ill-fated expedition to reach the summit of Mount Everest and its tragic consequences. Contains adult themes.

  Bram Stoker
When vampire Count Dracula buys a house in London, a terror that was once confined to the Transylvanian mountains takes root in England’s capital city.

The Lord of the Rings  
  J R R Tolkien
Pint-sized hobbit Frodo Baggins embarks on the most important quest in the history of Middle Earth: to destroy the One Ring before it falls into the hands of the Dark Lord Sauron.

Things Fall Apart  
  Chinua Achebe
Okonkwo, a Nigerian tribesman, is desperate to save his people’s culture and traditions from the influence of European missionaries. Can he succeed? Contains adult themes.

The Motorcycle Diaries  
  Ernesto 'Che' Guevara
In 1952 two young Argentinian doctors travelled across South America by motorcycle. This is the story of the adventures and mishaps they encountered on the way.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Other Pieces  
  James Thurber
A delightful collection of short stories from one of America’s greatest comic writers.

Pride and Prejudice  
  Jane Austen
A wonderful, quick-witted romance set among the middle- and upper-classes of Georgian England.

All Quiet on the Western Front  
  Erich Maria Remarque
The horrors of the First World War as seen through the eyes of a young German soldier. Contains adult themes.

Metamorphosis and Other Stories  
  Franz Kafka
Imagine waking up one day to discover that you’ve become a giant insect. What would you do? A compelling, strange and classic collection.

Captain James Cook: A Biography  
  Richard Hough
From humble beginnings, James Cook rose to become one of the greatest navigators the world has ever seen. This vivid account of his life and voyages is truly inspiring.

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold  
  John le Carré
British spy Alec Leamas has had enough of Berlin and the Cold War. But before he can come in from the cold he must undertake one final assignment. Contains adult themes.

The Three Musketeers  
  Alexandre Dumas
A rip-roaring romantic adventure that pits a band of honourable warriors against the might of Cardinal Richelieu’s guards.

New Selected Poems 1966-1987  
  Seamus Heaney
The work of one of Ireland’s greatest poets is brought together in this wonderful collection, which will appeal to a wide range of tastes.

An Unsuitable Job for a Woman  
  P D James
Cordelia Gray’s first case as a detective – a suicide – seems fairly straightforward, but the deeper she delves, the more perilous her own life becomes. Contains adult themes.

Brave New World  
  Aldous Huxley
The leaders of the world have created a ‘perfect’ society, free of war, hunger and disease. But the price of perfection is very high indeed. Contains adult themes.

Wuthering Heights  
  Emily Brontë
A powerful, almost supernaturally strong, bond exists between adopted street urchin Heathcliff and his step-sister Catherine, one so strong that it threatens to tear their lives apart.

Farewell, My Lovely  
  Raymond Chandler
A gripping detective story in which a private eye finds himself searching for a missing girl among the colourful characters of 1940s Los Angeles. Contains adult themes.

Heart of Darkness  
  Joseph Conrad
Ferry captain Marlow is sent upriver into the wild, untamed heart of the Belgian Congo to bring back Kurtz, a mysterious ivory trader who may or may not be alive.

On the Road  
  Jack Kerouac
One of the most influential novels of the twentieth century, On the Road is Kerouac’s unconventional account of his travels across the United States. Contains adult themes.

A Brief History of Time  
  Stephen Hawking
A fascinating book that attempts to explain some of the most baffling theories of modern cosmology, such as black holes and dark matter, in plain, easy-to-understand terms.

The Fall of the House of Usher and Other Writings  
  Edgar Allan Poe
A collection of poems and spine-tingling stories that will leave you thankful that the real world isn’t quite so strange . . . Or is it?

The Death of Ivan Ilyich  
  Leo Tolstoy
Ivan, a well-respected Russian judge, finds himself staring death in the face. During his long, often uncomfortable, wait for the inevitable he contemplates the meaning of his life.

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